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AP, Jan. 28, 2020
WASHINGTON (January 28, 2020) — President Donald Trump’s legal team argued forcefully against the relevance of testimony from Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday as the lawyers wrapped their defense and the Senate braced for debate on whether to summon Bolton and other witnesses into the impeachment trial.
Attorney Jay Sekulow (pictured) took a dismissive swipe at an unpublished book by Bolton that is said to contradict a key defense argument about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. Revelations about that book clouded White House hopes for a big finish Tuesday as well as a swift end to the impeachment trial, with Democrats demanding witnesses and some Republicans expressing openness.
“It is not a game of leaks and unsourced manuscripts,” Sekulow said, calling the book “inadmissible” and not evidence.
While scoffing at the manuscript, Trump and the Republicans have strongly resisted summoning Bolton to testify in person about what he saw and heard as Trump’s top national security adviser.
Defense lawyers mostly ignored reports about Bolton’s book during hours of argument Monday, though one attorney, Alan Dershowitz, said that nothing in the manuscript — even if true — rises to the level of an impeachable offense. ….